Close Enounters: PT 10 "The Power of Encounter"

1 John 5:1-5,
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who
loves the father loves his child as well.  2 This is how we know that we love the
children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  3 In fact, this is love
for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  4 for
everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome
the world, even our faith.  5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Revelation 12:11,
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony…

2 Corinthians 1:3-7,
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that
we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from
God.  5  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our
comfort abounds through Christ.  6  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and
salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient
endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  7  And our hope for you is firm, because
we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Psalms 71:15-18
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Matthew 10:32-33,

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my
Father in heaven.  33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my
Father in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15,
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.